Michael Hopper

Superintendent – Processing Maintenance

I have worked at Cowal Gold Operation for the past 13 years, five of those being with Evolution Mining. I’m currently the Superintendent of Processing Maintenance.

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I have worked at Cowal Gold Operation for the past 13 years, five of those being with Evolution Mining.

Started off at Cowal working as a contract Fitter, before I was rewarded a full-time position. Since then I completed several projects, worked my way up to Leading Hand and then Foreman. I held the Foreman role for about six years, during which I completed a diploma and several leadership competencies, before being successfully appointed Superintendent of Processing Maintenance.

Day to day involves: several meetings – production, planning and maintenance activities; checking all safety critical controls are adhered to and everyone is accountable for all maintenance activities that day; all safety KPIs are tracked and followed and continually communicate with the processing leadership group; challenges and improvements.

One of the highlights is working collaboratively with management and the Sydney team on the monthly, quarterly and annual reporting.

The best part about my current position is leading a highly motivated team of 37 permanent staff and 18 contractors. In response to any kind of crisis, everyone puts their hand up to help no matter what. Seeing development across the entire team and assisting people succeed in their positions is also rewarding.

The hardest thing to adjust to in mining is being away from my family, but that’s the great thing about working at Cowal Gold Operation and living in West Wyalong, you are home with your family every night. I have lived in West Wyalong for the last 30 years and it is a fantastic and safe place to bring up children. There is a variety of sports available and a great community vibe.

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